Mary Armentrout, experimental choreographer, dancer, performer, and ballet teacher, will give a brief lecture demonstration on Karen Kilimnik's Sleeping Beauty and friends. Armentrout will unpack the role of dance in Kilimnik's oeuvre from a dance-centric point of view. She will examine some of the repertory Kilimnik quotes in her piece, discuss the role and level of technique that Kilimnik employs, and touch on the role of "pastiche" in live performance. The audience will be encouraged to indulge in a little participatory ballet-embodying as well!
Armentrout is an experimental choreographer and dancer who creates performance installations in both conventional and site-specific venues. The Mary Armentrout Dance Theater has presented at numerous venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, including ODC Theater, The LAB, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, as well as in less proscenium-oriented spaces including a bathroom, the beach, and a car. Armentrout’s work has also been presented at such venues as Movement Research at the Judson Church and Danspace Project in New York City, Highways in Los Angeles, the Dance Place in Washington DC, le Centre Americain in Paris, and Tanzfabrik in Berlin.